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1 News Colmar Brunton poll, parliament, parties
1 News: Poor polling keeps Nats leadership speculation ‘burning’ – Jessica Mutch McKay
1 News: Ardern, Labour dip in support, Collins plunges to lowest approval rating – 1News Colmar Brunton Poll
Claire Trevett (Herald): New poll might not trigger a National coup, but Judith Collins still at risk – and Labour has its own problems (paywalled)
Richard Harman (Politik): Collins faces a new contender (paywalled)
Jo Moir (Newsroom): Labour’s got poll problems but National’s are worse
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): New TVNZ Poll – Winners & Losers
Marena Mane (Māori TV): Green Party: Cooperative agreement with Labour working ‘exactly’ how we hoped
Nikki Preston (Herald): Labour’s Hamilton West MP Gaurav Sharma reveals health scare, ‘worsening’ symptoms

Vaccine Mandate – education
John Gerritsen (RNZ): School principals worried about losing staff to Covid-19 vaccine mandate
Avina Vidyadharan (Stuff): Teacher vaccine mandate – students will bear the consequences, principals warn
Lee Kenny, Olivia Caldwell and Hanna McCallum (Stuff): Some teachers waiting to last day for vaccine in protest at mandate, union says
Tina Law (Stuff): Teachers in last-minute vaccine rush before mandate deadline
Ella Stewart (RNZ): Northland principal faces ‘awful vindictive’ abuse for supporting vaccine mandate
RNZ: King Country’s Matiere School has enough vaccinated staff to avoid closing
Evan Harding (Stuff): Unvaccinated teacher: ‘My 15-year career is basically down the drain’
Adam Jacobson (Stuff): Private Auckland school recruiting unvaccinated teachers for nationwide online classes
Adam Burns (Local Democracy Reporting): Conflicting rules around school vaccine mandate says principal
Josephine Franks (Stuff): Twitter users offer Zoom classes to fill gaps left by unvaccinated teachers

Vaccine Mandate – health
Rowan Quinn (RNZ): Hundreds of health workers unvaccinated heading into mandate deadline
Jody O’Callaghan and Cate Broughton (Stuff): ‘Farewell and thank you’: Health board chief says goodbye to unvaccinated staff
Stuff: Vaccine mandate push now a shove for health and education workers

Vaccine Mandates and Certificates
Claire Breen & Alexander Gillespie (Herald): Vaccine mandates – has the law got the balance right?
John Weekes (Herald): No jab, but paid special leave for up to a month if vaccine refused
Becky Carruthers (Spinoff): The pandemic and Covid vaccine are new, but mandates aren’t
Louisa Steyl (Stuff): Employment lawyer: Roles, not individuals can be mandated
Lloyd Burr (Magic): I want to call out the ACT Party on it’s vaccine mandate flip-flop
Zane Small (Newshub): National leader Judith Collins accuses ACT’s David Seymour of ‘complete flip-flop’ on COVID-19 vaccine mandates
Michael Reddell (Croaking Cassandra): A cost-benefit approach to thinking about vaccine coercion
Andrew Dickens (Newstalk ZB): Are vaccine mandates really divisive?

Vaccine misinformation, protests, rule breaches
Gavin Ellis (Knightly Views): Covid ‘protest’ straight from agitation playbook
1 News: Young Māori vax rates affected by ‘intense’ disinformation – PM
Tony Wall (Stuff): GP is treated like a hero in his small town, but are his statements putting lives at risk?
Whatitiri Te Wake (Māori TV): Northland mum-to-be confused as medical advice on vaccinations ‘conflicting’
Matt Burrows (Newshub): Ngāti Toa orders anti-vaxxers to stop performing Ka Mate haka after hearing Brian Tamaki is planning to teach it before protests
Tess McClure (Guardian): Māori tribe tells anti-Covid vaccine protesters to stop using its haka
RNZ: Ngāti Toa tells anti-vaccination protesters to stop using its haka
Herald: Iwi calls on anti-vax protesters to stop using Ka Mate haka
Mihingarangi Forbes (Newshub): Tame Iti on latest COVID-19 protests and speaking with those opposing vaccine mandates
Liz Gordon (Daily Blog): Old political forces form Freedom coalition
Keiller MacDuff (Stuff): Geraldine Pharmacy report says staff left shaken by interaction with man over mask rules

Govt management of Delta outbreak, Auckland border, regional borders
Chris Trotter (Interest): Precautionary principles
Duncan Garner (NBR): I have Covid-19 – Get vaccinated! (paywalled)
1 News: Move to Level 2 for Waikato ‘not wise’ – Māori health researcher
Zoe Holland (Herald): Experts welcome booster vaccinations but are concerned about Waikato level change
Zane Small and Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Judith Collins questions timing of Jacinda Ardern’s hint at early move into COVID-19 traffic light framework
RNZ: Checkpoint: Regional mayors reluctant to take position on reopening borders
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Is a North Island-South Island border on the cards?
Shane Jones (Herald): What will ‘freedom day’ mean for Northland as Covid restrictions are lifted in Auckland? (paywalled)
Newstalk ZB: Taupo mayor: It’ll be interesting to see how a hard border in Taupo will be maintained
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): The idea of protective borders around low vaccine rate DHBs should be killed off immediately
1 News: Auckland to learn more about border reopening on Wednesday
Hannah Martin (Stuff): What we know about the next steps for Auckland and the country
Verity Johnson (Stuff): It’s time to be brave again

Cases, Delta spreads
Zane Small (Newshub): Mandatory isolation period reduced for vaccinated COVID-19 cases, close contacts
Katie Todd (RNZ): Fully vaccinated Covid-19 cases’ isolation period changes to 10 days
1 News: All of Waikato moving to Alert Level 2 from Tuesday 11:59pm
Felix Desmarais (Local Democracy Reporting): Fears Rotorua and Taupō ICUs and ventillators not enough
Tom Kitchin (RNZ): Taupō testing and vaccination blitz after Covid-19 cases appear
Jimmy Ellingham (RNZ): Woodville residents ‘scared and cautious’ as Covid-19 reaches small town
RNZ: Covid-19 wrap: Boosters announced, school mandates kick in
Stuff: ‘It couldn’t be Covid, could it?’ – Duncan Garner says he has the virus, as he awaits test result
Sapeer Mayron (Stuff): Nearly 60 per cent of Monday’s cases Māori, Ministry of Health says
1 News: Uptake in vaccinations in Lakes District after Covid cases

Vaccine rollout
RNZ: Target for 90% Covid-19 vaccination not ‘anywhere near enough’ – epidemiologist
Anna Whyte (1 News): Booster shots to be rolled out from November 29
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Booster vaccine shots available from end of this month
RNZ: Covid-19 vaccination booster shots to be available in two weeks – Govt
RNZ: Wellington City reaches 90 percent double-vaccinated
1 News: 5 DHBs edging towards 90% first dose vaccination
Jordyn Rudd (1 News): Explainer: What are the risks of vaccinated people catching Covid?
Rewa Harriman (Newshub): South Auckland Māori doctors, community leaders ensuring no one’s left behind in vaccine roll-out
Ben Kepes (Stuff): Symptoms versus causes of vaccine hesitancy

Home isolation
Ron Paterson (Herald): Home-isolation deaths a ‘moral and legal failure’ 
Toby Manhire (Spinoff): Health watchdog demands ‘urgent attention’ from ministry on Covid home-isolation concerns
Ethan Griffiths (Herald): Whanganui DHB yet to finalise home isolation plans as Covid-19 spreads to the regions (paywalled)
Rawiri Taonui (Māori TV): Continuous exposure to virus risk for vaccinated Māori isolating at home
Bridie Witton (Stuff): Pulse oximeters, GPs vital to home isolation
Herald: Fully vaccinated cases now only have to isolate for 10 days

MIQ, NZ border 
Kate MacNamara (Herald): Pressure mounts on the Government to abandon MIQ for low risk travellers (paywalled)
Jared Savage (Herald): Police tactics to keep rival gang members in MIQ apart revealed (paywalled)
Herald: $36 million of MIQ bills not issued due to ‘incomplete or inaccurate’ data
Denise Piper (Stuff): ‘Great relief’ as Hipkins changes tack on MIQ for Kiwi yachties

Three Waters, local government
Graham Adams (Democracy Project): Ardern on the hook over Three Waters
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): “Yesterday’s Controversy” – Labour Better Hope So!
Fred Frederikse (Whanganui Chronicle): Three Waters – why not go the whole way?
Louis Houlbrooke (Taxpayers’ Union): Wellington City Council spends $11,000 on Māori translation of spatial plan
Georgina Campbell (Herald): Wellington City Council considers slashing this year’s capex budget by $80m
Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland hotel tax mayor Phil Goff’s $28 million newcomer lesson
Tom Hunt (Stuff): Shelly Bay occupation continues despite notice to move on 

Defence Force review
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Defence Force review: SAS needs to better understand ‘the importance of democratic oversight’
Anna Whyte (1 News): Report finds gaps, ‘erroneous’ disconnect in Defence deployments
Demelza Leslie (Newshub): Operation Burnham: New Defence Force review set to shake up overseas deployment processes
John Weekes (Herald): Elite SAS will be more closely integrated with wider Defence Force
RNZ: Defence Force review: Minister accepts recommendation for more integration with ministry

Environment, climate change, conservation
Andrea Graves (Listener/Herald): The nitrate debate: Is our water giving us cancer? (paywalled)
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Why the Government needs you to protest for the climate
Hamish Cardwell (RNZ): COP26 climate summit agreement ‘least worst’ outcome – Climate Change Minister
Simon Wilson (Herald): Glasgow gloom and bumpy bike paths (paywalled)
Pat Baskett (Newsroom): Action the best antidote for climate despair
Stuff Editorial: Climate hopes were hauled over the coals at COP26
Herald Editorial: Climate conference shows more urgency needed from major powers (paywalled)
Mirjam Guesgen (Spinoff): Putting a dollar (and life) figure on climate change
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Toyota NZ says government push on car emissions has helped it get cleaner stock
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Tesla v Nissan in Parliamentary ute tax brawl

Economy, business, wage subsidy
David Williams (Newsroom): Top 10 employers asked to repay wage subsidies
Dan Satherley (Newshub): ‘K-shaped’ economic recovery widening gap between haves and the have-nots – economist
Herald: Auckland businesses demand ‘certainty and clarity’ from Government
Mike Yardley (Stuff): Tourism needs a date so it can plan ahead
Lucy Xia (Stuff): Auckland hospo frustrated as no date set for ‘Freedom Day’
David Hargreaves (Interest): Rolling the dice on the NZ economy
RNZ: Reserve Bank chief economist Yuong Ha to leave after 25 years
Liam Dann (Herald): Reserve Bank announces departure of chief economist Yuong Ha (paywalled)
Maria Slade (NBR): Banks make hay while housing market sun shines (paywalled)
Liam Dann (Herald): Economy poised for solid rebound in 2022 – Westpac (paywalled)
RNZ: Services industry continues to contract as Covid-19 restrictions hit trading activity
RNZ: Māori businesses confident, but continue to face barriers – report

Nicole Moreham (Newsroom): Undue haste on housing bill
RNZ: Quarterly housing construction costs rise at double usual rate
Miriam Bell (Stuff): Housing construction costs may get worse before they get better 
Kelly Makiha (Herald): Rotorua emergency housing safety crisis: Retired top cop speaks out over fears for son (paywalled)
David Hargreaves (Interest): Home buyers’ debt to income ratios still heading for the stars
Moana Ellis (Local Democracy Reporting): Housing a priority focus for central North Island iwi Ngāti Rangi

Anusha Bradley (RNZ): ACC whistleblower surprised not to hear from investigators
Sam Olley (RNZ): Hospital sewage leaks ‘not acceptable’
Matthew Scott (Newsroom): Critical health workers on the way
Sophie Trigger (Herald): Patient on suicide watch not given recommended supervision due to understaffing, says nurse
RNZ: Proof: Watch Guyon Espiner’s alcohol documentary
Lauren Hendricksen (Newshub): Expert hits out at breast cancer research being put on hold during lockdown, warns consequences will be devastating

Foreign affairs
Robert Ayson (Incline): More on Threats, Less about Risks: New Zealand’s Changing National Security Calculus
Anna Powles (Incline): From Reset to Resilience: Unpacking Mahuta’s Pacific Vision
RNZ: New Zealand vows to help to get water to Kiribati islanders

Employment, Immigration
Ganesh Nana and Jenesa Jeram (Stuff):Letting migrant workers say I quit could cut risk of exploitation 
Imogen Wells (1 News): Public service gender pay gap closing, women still paid less

Patrick Gower (Newshub): Parents of children with special needs at breaking point after months without school
1 News: AUT appoints Pasifika scholar as next vice-chancellor
Bernadette Basagre (Stuff): Dr Damon Salesa appointed AUT vice-chancellor, NZ’s first Pasifika vice-chancellor

Kristin Hall (1 News): Allegations of bullying and sexism at KiwiRail
RNZ: KiwiRail workers vote for nationwide strike

Luke Blincoe (Herald):  How to fix the electricity market (paywalled)
Jonathan Milne (Newsroom): Warning of higher pump prices when Marsden Point oil refinery closes
RNZ: Contact Energy details proposal to put all fossil fuel power stations into one company

Dawn Raids History Community Fund
Madeleine Chapman (Spinoff): How much dawn raid history can the government buy with $5,000?
1 News: Stories from dawn raids encouraged through Govt fund

Brianna Mcilraith (Stuff): 30,000 families told to repay nearly $20 million in overpaid Working for Families tax credits
Nicholas Pointon (RNZ): Warnings over finance course spreading in Māori, Pasifika community
RNZ: Consumers urged to report any misuse of identity or theft to police
Caley Callahan (Newshub): Special representative to Afghanistan Matthew Hawkins reveals challenges of relocating Afghans with New Zealand visas
Claire Edmondson (Herald):  Challenges ahead in route to success for infrastructure sector (paywalled)
Matthew Hooton (Patreon): Alcohol, Aristotle, Succession, Rugby, Cricket and the 1News Poll (paywalled)



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